|An't Dead Yet
||[Nov. 17th, 2010|12:11 am]
As the Twitter feed has shown, I've been sick for over a week. I'm still not well, but I'm able to write fiction again (a good sign) though not at my usual rate yet.
I can now sleep four hours at a time without waking up in coughing spasms. I still have them, but less often. And I can stay up for four hours at a time and actually semi-accomplish things, though walking around outside for ten minutes is exhausting. I've been informed by a reliable witness that I'm showing all the crankiness of a recovering sickie, and hope this means I can progress to the non-cranky stage of wellness in another few hours.
At least this time didn't progress to pneumonia, something I hope is due to the efficacy of the pneumonia immunization I had in August.
For those who hate days upon days of nothing but Twitter copies--sorry. I could manage reTweeting things, or writing 140 characters now and then, but not more than that, in addition to trying to work on the book.
The roses came today and will be planted tomorrow morning...and in a few years we may have big roses all over the new structure (we can't decide its proper name...it started as a bridge and now has a top designed to support climbing plants.) The two we bought are supposed to have great fragrance. R- built them raised beds (one on either side of the south end of the structure) and put in soil mixed with very very aged horse manure (i.e., not too hot.)
Aside from that...it's work on the book and (when I can stagger to the grocery store) getting ready for Thanksgiving next week.
I take it neither "trellis" nor "gazebo" would fit?
I think of a trellis (maybe wrongly) as a vertical structure simply for growing plants (like a section of tall fencing or lattice work.) And a gazebo as a big enough structure to lounge in, with an actual roof. This began life as a plank bridge across a (sometimes dry, sometimes very muddy) drainage channel between the driveway and the back garden, to make it shorter to move things from the place where we unload garden supplies to the garden itself. It's wide enough to wheel the garden cart over, but not to set up a table & chairs.
So it's like a miniature bridge? Let me coin you a neologism: It's a ponticule. Or maybe ponticle.
or, since you're in Texas
It's not long enough for that...it's just a simple little bridge thing with three posts on each side to hold up the top frame, which has boards on edge set on it. If it were wider, it might be an arbor or a pergola, and maybe that's what it is now.
Maybe it's the rose arbor bridge.
I hope November 17 will be a lucky day for you, when you turned the corner on the bug and got your roses. It's my father's birthday, and a day for meteors some years, but not when a norther just came blustering in with 20° temperature drops and 20+ mph winds.
2010-11-17 11:55 am (UTC)
On a different topic?
How long **does** horse manure have to age before it makes good fertilizer?
2010-11-17 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: On a different topic?
Depends what you're using it for, and how much. Really greedy feeders can take more and fresher manure in their mix than those whose nitrogen hunger is much less. However, most plants really don't like fresh manure
Ideally, you mix fresh (hot) horse manure with other stuff you want to compost, and it'll spend six months to a year becoming usable compost...I used to collect horse manure and stall bedding (horse manure does a lovely job on sawdust or straw) for that purpose. But if you've got two horses mostly living out, and not much other stuff, you end up with a manure pile. Er...hill. We use the oldest side of the hill for the garden--it's probably about two years old--much of the nitrogen has leached out, and it won't 'burn' the plants.
Obviously your LJ is for the times it's fun for you. Your health, your work, your family, and your other fun can and should come first.
I hope you get well soon.
Sorry to hear you were ill, but glad you're on the mend! BTW, please still be cautious about pneumonia... what I had last month was bacterial, not viral (I've also had the pneumonia vaccine). Hope you're completely well soon!
I'm not going to court pneumonia, believe me. I know the vaccine isn't 100% effective, even against Pneumococcal strains.
Yikes. I hope you don't also get the thing we and some of our friends have had, which isn't all that big in the way of symptoms (some congestion, but not too much, and a sore throat for the worst of it) except fatigue.
Husband is pretty much fully recovered. I am not. :P I should be turning off the computer and going to sleep now, rather than commenting on LJ....